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18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?

18 year-old female with past pseudotumor cerebri and shunt placement, but now has intractable daily headache, emotional lability, slow cognition.....?

See your Dr: With your history of a shunt and new onset of headaches, lability, and slow cognition, I would recommend that you be seen by a Dr as soon as possible. If you are unable to get hold of your Dr right away, then go to the ER. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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46 yr-old woman who 9 years ago started having progressive, dramatic neurological and pain symptoms after an "acute illness", including 50-pound.....?

46 yr-old woman who 9 years ago started having progressive, dramatic neurological and pain symptoms after an "acute illness", including 50-pound.....?

Autoimmune: Post-infectious sequelae can cause a variety of syndromes and symptoms, largely of the autoimmune etiology. CIDP is a possibility. Do you have reflexes? CIDP can be diagnosed with EMG/NCS. Did you have that? There are panels of antibodies associated with not only CIDP but also autoimmune dysautonomia, which is another consideration. Were these panels sent? Mayo has comprehensive panels. For dysautonomia testing, I would recommend tilt table and skin biopsy for small fiber neuropathy. Other considerations include myopathies, which can be metabolic or mitochondrial, and I would recommend EMG as well as possible muscle biopsy. ...Read more

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Could you have a bad drug interaction between Diamox (acetazolamide) and ciprofloxacin?

I was unable to find: Any drug interactions between Ciprofloxacin ; Diamox (acetazolamide) but please be aware of issues related to taking Ciprofloxacin with dairy. ...Read more

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How does the drug Diamox (acetazolamide) effect electrolyte function in the body?

Diuretic: Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor leading to loss of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in the urine. This can cause metabolic acidosis. In addition all diuretics cause fluid losses, this may lead to low potassium. The primary problem here is the acidosis. ...Read more

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Why does a physician continually check electrolyte levels after prescribing the drug diamox (acetazolamide)?

Why does a physician continually check electrolyte levels after prescribing the drug diamox (acetazolamide)?

Blood levels: Acetazolamide (a) is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. It can be used for the treatment of moderate to severe metabolic or respiratory alkalosis. A does this by interfering with bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (hco3-) reabsorption in the kidneys, thereby reacidifying the blood – hence alkalyzing the urine. The physician wants to monitor how the co2 levels in the blood are to see if changes in the dose of a are needed. ...Read more

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If diuretics or acetazolamide can't help in leg edema (obese) patient what can be used? Please give exact names of medicines rather than escapist reply

If diuretics or acetazolamide can't help in leg edema (obese) patient what can be used? Please give exact names of medicines rather than escapist reply

Your question is: Beyond the scope of this general question format. To avoid an escapist reply you may consider a virtual consult with a HealthTap physician. Per our guidelines "public answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis." ...Read more

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What are side effect of the acetazolamide?

A mild variety: Common side effects of acetazolamide include dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, and an increased frequency of urination during the first few days of taking the pill. It may cause stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Acetazolamide’s side effects are typically mild in nature. ...Read more

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Acetazolamide mechanism of action and duration?

Acetazolamide: This drug works in the kidneys by inhibiting an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase. Carbonic anhydrase is the enzyme responsible for moving bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (a base) from the kidney back into the blood stream. Acetazolamide blocks this action, resulting in more acidic blood/more basic urine. This drug has a half-life of 15 hours, so depending on the dose may take a few days to clear. ...Read more

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Does acetazolamide work for nausea?

Does acetazolamide work for nausea?

No: No it doesn't. It is more for glaucoma, altitude sickness, and chf/edema. ...Read more

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Is acetazolamide barbiturate?

No: This is used for glaucoma and altitude sicknes, actually carbonic anhydrase inhibitor.....Not a barbiturate. ...Read more

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Is acetazolamide the treatment for acute glaucoma attack?

Partly: Acute glaucoma is due to an anatomical eye issue most common in older adults who are hyperopic. Their internal fluid drainage is blocked by the iris. The goal is to lower the pressure and move the iris out of the way. This is done with several types of eyedrops and acetazolamide helps to lower the pressure. These folks will eventually have a laser opening made in their iris to prevent attacks. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for Diamox (acetazolamide) overdose?

Fluids and Time: Diamox (acetazolamide) is passed unchanged by the kidneys in about 18 hours. It causes dehydration and often a drop in potassium. There is no antidote. It can alter the acid/ base state of the body and a serious poisoning may need hospitalization. If you mean side effects like tingling, drowsiness, vision changes--they will subside on their own over the course of 24 hours. ...Read more

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Is acetazolamide the normal treatment for a acute glaucoma attack?

Is acetazolamide the normal treatment for a acute glaucoma attack?

Sometimes: Typically the goal is to relieve pupillary block during an acute glaucoma attack. This can be done in various ways -- meds, lasers, eye pressure, etc. Depending on the view through the cornea, the eye pressure, the duration of attack, pain level, etc. Different or multiple methods may be combined. Acetazolamide is a medication oral or iv. ...Read more

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I have IIH, started 500mg Diamox (acetazolamide). started to help for 4 weeks, but now SX have come back, I think I need more than 500mg. What's normal dose for iih?

Higher doses: You can be on much higher doses; however, most start to complain of side effects at those doses. If you have papilledema (swollen optic nerves) your doctors may insist on higher doses despite side effects. ...Read more

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Can Diamox (acetazolamide) suppress altitude sickness symptoms? Took it & had minor altitude sickness symptoms. After 1 day of returning home vomited for 2wks. -10+lb

Can Diamox (acetazolamide) suppress altitude sickness symptoms? Took it & had minor altitude sickness symptoms. After 1 day of returning home vomited for 2wks. -10+lb

Vominting for 2 wks: Yes Diamox (acetazolamide) is sometimes used to prevent altitude sickness. Vomiting for two weeks does not sound like altitude sickness. It sounds more like infection. Better see your doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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I take 1000 mg Diamox (acetazolamide) BID for Pseudotumor Cerebri same dose for 6 months. Tonight I only had 750 mg left. I took it but should I expect any problems?

Possible headache: With the lower dose you may experience a return of symptoms. You should get your prescription refilled tonight either through your doctor or via live consult here on Health Tap. ...Read more

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Taken Diamox (acetazolamide) for almost a month 270grm 3 times a day im feeling moody happy and next im mad or sad and crying don't kno why and no reason for pseudotum?

Taken Diamox (acetazolamide) for almost a month 270grm 3 times a day im feeling moody happy and next im mad or sad and crying don't kno why and no reason for pseudotum?

More than 1 problem: You may have more than one problem here -- pseudotumor cerebri and a mood disorder. Diamox (acetazolamide) isn't known for side effects like this. Also, the cause is unknown in most cases of pseudotumor cerebri. There can be narrowing in the transverse sinuses of the brain, but it's unclear whether this is a cause or effect of the condition. You may want to see a psychiatrist for evaluation and suggestions. ...Read more

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How does acetazolamide work?

Makes Blood Acidic: We hyperventilate at altitude, trying to grab more oxygen molecules. We blow off too much CO2 & ruin our acid base balance. We feel unwell. Diamox forces kidneys to excrete bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) a base of carbonic acid; speeding the move toward more normal acid base status--something that would take our bodies days to do. With Diamox, we achieve this much more quickly & avoid minor altitude symptoms. ...Read more

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Acetazolamide duration of action?

Acetazolamide: The half-life of acetazolamide is 10-15 hours. So that means that by roughly 15 hours, half of it has cleared, and half is still in the body. The concentration cotinues to be cut in half every 15 hours. Depending on the dosage and frequency, it lasts in the body for at least a few days. ...Read more

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Acetazolamide duration of action.?

Acetazolamide: The half-life of acetazolamide is 10-15 hours. So that means that by roughly 15 hours, half of it has cleared, and half is still in the body. The concentration cotinues to be cut in half every 15 hours. Depending on the dosage and frequency, it lasts in the body for at least a few days. ...Read more

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Changes in taste with diamox/acetazolamide?

The Most Common:: Carbonated drinks taste awful for many on Diamox (acetazolamide) which can be a surprise if you are a dedicated soda pop fan; beer becomes dreadful as well.
Foods may also become either bitter or oddly bland though this side effect sometimes fades with time.
Others might note a metallic taste in their mouth.
A few complain of nausea and loss of appetite. ...Read more

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What kind of pain medication can I take with acetazolamide?

Almost any...: Whatever pain medication is appropriate for the painful disorder that you are currently experiencing, is likely to be safe with the drug you are asking about., as always, check with your doc. ...Read more

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What effect does Diamox (acetazolamide) have on your vision?

Lowers pressure: Diamox (acetazolamide) is a terrific agent for lowering the internal pressure of the eye. This will only have an effect on the vision if over the long run the vision would have been threatened by elevated pressure when Diamox (acetazolamide) could have normalized it. In the short run, no effects will be symptomatic. ...Read more

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I have been on acetazolamide for 2 weeks now and I am still on it?

Treatment?: Depends on what you are being treated for. I.E. Eye pressure, headaches, pseudotumor, altitude sickness, CSF issues, seizures, diuresis, etc. And if it is working or if you have any side effects. ...Read more

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Acetazolamide side effects?

Acetazolamide side effects?

See below: Flushing

, confusion, convulsions, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, fever, headache, malaise
allergic skin reactions, photosensitivity, stevens-johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, urticaria

electrolyte imbalance, growth retardation (children), hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, hypokalemia, hyponatremia are some side effects
consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What are acetazolamide side effects?

What are acetazolamide side effects?

Side effects acetazo: Many people have no or very little side effects. Other side effectsc are blurred vision, taste changes, nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite/constipation or diarrhea, drowssiness. There is always possibility of sever allergic reaction with swelling, rash, difficulty breathing and chest tightness.Frequent urination/blood in urine/darl urine, fever, lac of energy, yellowing of skin and eyes.Tingling in exremities. ...Read more

Dr. Siviero Agazzi
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Acetazolamide (Definition)

Acetazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor which is a kind of water pill or diuretic (heart ...Read more


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Diamox (Definition)

Diamox is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor which is a kind of water pill or diuretic (heart ...Read more